Woodworking on the Fringe
And now for something completely different
Finally getting my socket set organized.
Ready for a low ride
It took a while, but the lowrider is ready for a ride.
With the legs in place, the low bench is taking shape.
What I thought would be fitting all the legs into the low bench turned out to be a whole lot of learning.
Making progress on the low bench
Lots of lathe work - a great chance to learn.
Rake, splay, and reaming
This low bench is a bonanza for learning chair making skills.
Sometimes, you have to take one for the team
Sometimes, power tools are the right (messy, noisy, dusty) answer.
Put a bow(tie) on it
Making progress on the low bench.
Rough and hopefully ready
Truly professional procrastination.
Bowl nearly roughed out
Life and procrastination held me up, but making progress on the bowl.
Bowl and bench work
Had less time in the shop than I had expected but made progress on both the bowl and the lowrider bench.
What do you get when you work on a bowl, a bowl horse, and a lowrider bench at the same time? Busy.
Tough work for 'lowrider' legs
Low bench leg work was tough.
Building a 'lowrider' bench
Finally building a ‘lowrider’.
An Art Starting to Unfurl
Lots of learning over the last six months.
Preparing rough seat blanks during COVID-19
Finding a bit of time to prepare seat blanks during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Sourcing Some Green Wood
Finding some green wood for making a chair.
A few shop cabinets. What could go wrong?
Time to build some storage I’ve imagined for more than fifteen years.
Finishing the shave horse
Sharpening, and sharpening, and shaping.
Carving the shave horse seat - Part 1.
Took the plunge today.
My longest-running project so far.
Finally getting a fence with tape measures and stop blocks for my miter saw station.
It's not all fun and games
Tuning up and sharpening tools.
Sharpening Cabinet; Part 3
Built and installed.
Sharpening Cabinet; Part 2
Time to build my design.
Sharpening Cabinet; Part 1
Working on my design skills while building some shop storage.
Building a Shave horse; Part 2
Construction on the shave horse is almost complete
Building a Shave horse; Part 1
With the big build done, I’m starting my adventures in chair making, starting with construction of a shave horse
Construction done; furnishing in progress
Construction on the big build is complete. We are now organizing and furnishing.
Last two cases (minus trim) are in place.
Starting the last two bookcases.
Starting on the last two cases, the big bookcases on the east wall.
Installing the panels.
Perhaps the most complex part of my whole project is now complete.
Milling and fitting the panels.
I found a few bits of time to get the panels ready for finishing.
Window seat slab and panel fitting.
This week I spent time on the side panel front stiles and installed the window seat slab.
Assembling the window seat cabinet.
Today I assembled the window seat cabinet, which took a while.
Cabinet work; milling panel parts.
The window seat cabinet continues to progress, and I’ve started roughing out parts for the wall panels to go beside and above it..
More room work and more staining.
Life is still busy, but I found some time to make progress.
Lots of work, but nothing finished.
Life got busy, and I spent time prepping the room, but now I’m back at work on the window seat.
If at first you don't succeed.
I again failed to sand the slab well enough, and had to strip the stain and redo.
It's all about the numbers.
Dimensions: a delay of materials is a chance to get serious about dimensions and final plans.
Flattening the second slab, side one.
We enjoyed some dinner and TV this evening, and then I flattened the first side of the second slab.
Cherry baseboards, a panel cutting jig, and a possible change of plans
I made a new panel cutting jig because the material for it was clogging up the shop, and I’ve been making the cherry baseboards for the west wall. But there may need to be a change of plans for the window seat.
Baseboards to enable baseboards
I cut, fitted, primed, and installed the wall baseboards to allow me to progress on the baseboards for the west wall.
East wall platforms
I finished building and installed the east wall platforms.
Odds and Ends; Planning the East Wall
Installing the baseboards on the west wall requires work on the rest of the room, including initial work on the east wall.
Mounting the top trim piece
The last, hardest part of having a single piece of trim across the top of the cabinets was fitting and gluing it in place.
Sanding and staining are done; door frame parts rough milled.
Sanding and staining are very important, but nothing new.
Milling the last, hardest piece of trim.
With the rest of the trim milled to width and height (and a bit long), it was time to tackle the long piece of trim.
All cases in place; starting on trim.
Cases in place, time for trim and doors.
Staining, round two
More of the long slog.
Staining, round one
Finishing is crucial, and a long slog.